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School Accommodations

What are accommodations?

Accommodations are changes to the way instruction is delivered to remove barriers and provide a student with equal access to learning.  Accommodations do not change what a student is learning; rather, accommodations change how a student is learning. 

What types of accommodations can a student receive?

Students can receive all types of accommodations.  For example: a student with a hearing impairment may benefit from an accommodation permitting the use of an FM system, which amplifies the instructors voice while minimizing the ambient sounds, in the classroom; a student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can receive additional time to take test, and even test in a separate classroom; or a student with a processing disorder can have preferential seating closer to instruction.    

How does a student get accommodations?

K-12 students can receive accommodations through an IEP, or Section 504 Plan.

Many students with disabilities go on to attend institutions of higher learning.  While there, students may obtain reasonable accommodations.  To do so, the student should contact the institution’s Office of Disability Services.  

What if my child's school/my school will not give me accommodations, or discriminates against me because of my disability?

If a school has taken discriminatory action against a qualified individual with a disability, the student may be able to file a discrimination claim against the institution under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Can a student receive temporary accommodations?

Yes, a student can receive short-term accommodations.  For example, when a student breaks their leg, and requires a cast, crutches, and/or a wheelchair to move about the school, that student may receive an accommodation to change classes five minutes before all other students change classes in order to navigate the hallways safely.  

What should I do if I think my student or I need an accommodation?

The Law Office of Neubia L. Harris, PLLC can assist both K-12, and college students with securing and enforcing the application of appropriate accommodations.

Contact us today.

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